Apply for Your Permanent Residence to IRCC

  1. Receive your AINP Nomination package.
    Your AINP nomination will be sent to you by mail. If you have an authorized representative, your nomination will be sent to your representative and you will not receive a copy.

  2. Review your AINP Nomination package.
    Read everything in the package carefully. Contact the AINP if you find mistakes on your nomination. Make a copy of your nomination for your personal records.

  3. Get your application ready for IRCC.
    After you get your AINP nomination, apply to IRCC as soon as possible. Your nomination is only valid for six months. You must apply to IRCC before your nomination expires.

    Note: The sooner you apply for permanent residence, the sooner you can receive an “Acknowledgement of Receipt” of your application from IRCC and your IRCC file number. Your “Acknowledgement of Receipt” and IRCC file number are very important if you need to extend your work permit.

    Visit the IRCC website to get all the information you need to apply for permanent residence. Get all forms and documents listed in the “PNP” column of the document checklist ready to send to IRCC. You need to include a copy of your AINP nomination with your application to IRCC. You also need to pay the required fees.

    If you are missing any required forms or documents, or have not paid the fees, IRCC will return your application. You can view this video from IRCC to help you fill out your forms correctly and avoid making mistakes that can cause delays.

    If you already have your police certificates, send them with your application. If you are waiting for police certificates, you can send your application to IRCC without them and IRCC will ask for them later.

  4. Mail your application to the IRCC Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.
    Do not send your application to any other visa office. Send your application by registered mail or courier service to make sure it is received by the CIO.

  5. The CIO will determine if your application is complete. If the CIO accepts your application they will send you a file number and tell you the next steps.

    Once you have a file number, you can check the status of your IRCC application online. Do not contact the AINP for status updates on your IRCC application. The AINP does not have any information about your IRCC application.

    You can also check the IRCC website for overall processing times for provincial nominees.

    If you change your address, email, phone number, employer, or family status while IRCC is processing your permanent residence application, you must tell the AINP. You must also tell IRCC. Once you submit your application to IRCC, they will send a letter with instructions on how to contact them with any changes.

  6. You and your family must pass medical, criminal, and security checks to receive Permanent Residence.

    Do not have a medical check until IRCC asks you to get one. Instructions on how to take the medical examination will be sent to you after you submit your application to IRCC.

    Your AINP Nomination does not mean that you will receive permanent residence. Only IRCC can issue a permanent resident visa.

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